By studying the site-selective luminescence spectra of oxidized silica nanoparticles we identify the electronicand the vibrational lines associated with the surface nonbridging oxygen, Si-O•. This defect emits azero-phonon line inhomogeneously distributed around 2.0 eV with full width at half maximum of 0.04 eV,weakly coupled with the local Si-O• stretching mode whose frequency is measured to be 920 cm−1. These findings are different from those of the well-characterized defect in the bulk silica thus evidencing structural peculiarities of the surface defect that is characterized by a nearly unperturbed nonbridging oxygen and of thenanoparticles that induce a narrower inhomogeneous broadening of the electronic transition.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||PHYSICAL REVIEW. B, CONDENSED MATTER AND MATERIALS PHYSICS|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
- Condensed Matter Physics